It’s Not That People Are Dumber Than Sheep, But… More About the Herd Mentality

12 Feb

The Herd Mentality is partially about self preservation, according to the experts. I’ve been doing a bit more research on this interesting phenomenon, and I have found that there are many ways that we people herd along.  It’s a fully human thing, not based on race from what I can tell.  All races will do this following along thing.  Within each group there may be certain types of following along that we do, but we all follow along one way or another.  

For other non-expert observers, it is simply about being dumber than sheep.

What’s so interesting about this mentality is that it will turn on a dime.  It can be going one way and if one brave person steps in to change the trajectory, it will change very quickly in another direction.  What this suggests to me is that we humans are lily livered!  LOL  Most of us won’t do anything bold and different within a crowd setting.  Most of us are in need of a bold one to come into our midst  and do something different.  Then we quickly jump off our old band wagon onto the new bandwagon,  proudly proclaiming ourselves to be progressive!  Yet showing ourselves to be wimps!   Hey, I’m just sayin’!

http://knol.google.com/k/herd-mentality-herd-behavior#

 

 

 

 

The following example is interesting to me because of who eventually did help.  Hmmm…..

 

 

The example below is so intriguing to me. It has been named  “Shopping While Black”.  Pay attention to this one.  It’s not so much about the black woman who’s singled out for mistreatment by store staff while she’s shopping, but it’s all about how the white people in the store react to the sister’s mistreatment.  Do they pretend not to see it?  Do they come to the woman’s defense?   When a brave white girl speaks up, watch how all the rest of the white folks then join in, becoming disgusted by the store’s mistreatment of the sister.   This stuff is real, folks!  Maybe what we all thought was racism is not racism after all, but the herd mentality!  lol  In addition, check out the reaction of people of color!  Will they come to the sister’s defense?  Hmmm….. 

 

 

 

In another example, it gets a bit frightening, what humans will do to others simply because they are told to do so by someone “in authority”.  The following link talks about a famous experiment done in the 1960s.  It’s a very disturbing thing.  This is how, I would say,  mind manipulation so small, but so potentially deadly that’s shown in this example, can be the catalyst for something big, like the Jewish Holocaust and many such atrocities, or the “African Holocaust”, called the Middle Passage, which included the kidnapping, chaining in holding pens, the chaining in the holds of ships for three months,  the burning of flesh with brands, selling and enslavement of black African people.  This one IS racism, far beyond it.   (BTW,  *ARIST does not necessarily agree with the politics of the following link)

http://www.vegansoapbox.com/the-herd-mentality/

 

So some experts feel that the indifferent way we act in crowds  is based on the human’s aninalistic base brain.  They feel that this tendency towards indifference is instinctual, and therefore we humans have no control over it.  We just automatically fall into the line of indifference.   If a person is writhing on the ground in a public place  in obvious pain, and we see that no one else is helping that person, then automatically we won’t help either.  For me this is so distasteful, but I do believe it happens.  All day long everyday.   But what part of the brain are we using when we do choose to stand up and stand out?  When we do help a person in distress, even when the rest of the crowd is being indifferent?  

Personally, I want to believe that I would step up and help and not just pass someone in distress by.   I believe that I would help.   But I have to admit, that I have passed homeless people by on the street many times.  I’ve also stopped and given them money many times as well. 

Maybe it all boils down to choosing the right type of herd to belong to.  If it has to do with being mindless, then we can simply turn on our minds and make the conscious and corrrect choice.   Maybe it can and should be that we are activists within our herd group, like Kekemichel of Black Female and Happy said in her response to my first posting on this subject.

Excerpt.  read her entire answer here

Last, there will always be various types and numerous leaders and followers at every given moment. I think people tend to be part different groups and similar groups, and have many “leaders” therefore. However, more open-minded people tend to belong to various types of groups to support their various interests. It is true–those who have free minds are not followers, but are activists who help make things happen in their groups and movements. I think we should not be followers, but activists in movements and groups that represent our interests. Because, “follower” has a mindless connotation.
~Peace

*Anna Renee is Still Talking

 

 

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6 Responses to “It’s Not That People Are Dumber Than Sheep, But… More About the Herd Mentality”

  1. Amenta 02/12/2011 at 2:32 pm #

    This a very interesting post. A lot to consider, contemplate.

    Peace, Anna Renee

  2. Reggie 02/12/2011 at 4:34 pm #

    There’s no doubt about it, none of us are as dumb as all of us.

  3. Amenta 02/13/2011 at 10:16 am #

    Anna Renee, this is such a true statement, and I totally agree with her viewpoint. “Last, there will always be various types and numerous leaders and followers at every given moment. I think people tend to be part different groups and similar groups, and have many “leaders” therefore. However, more open-minded people tend to belong to various types of groups to support their various interests. It is true–those who have free minds are not followers, but are activists who help make things happen in their groups and movements. I think we should not be followers, but activists in movements and groups that represent our interests. Because, “follower” has a mindless connotation.”
    ~Peace

    I think we SHOULD be activists in our groups. However, to be an activist in your group can cause pain inflicted on you by the group. Often the group rejects what is being prescribed to them by the activist, because there is comfort where the group is. IMO, to hold onto such beliefs as the “middle passage” and “Trans Atlantic Slave Trade” as taught to us by our so called leaders and school books, gives the white European too much power. When we believe that the white European was capable of such a tremendous feat (100 million Africans brought across the Atlantic to the Americas), empowers them and gives them ammunition to feel superior. IMO, holding onto these stories without deep thought and examination, and speaking of them as fact we are speaking of our own helplessness and their might. They are not that powerful now, nor were they in those days. Check the video. What do you think? This is only one video but, there are many more. This is just a drop, a smidgen of information now available to us.

  4. Amenta 02/13/2011 at 10:44 am #

    One more. Your thoughts?

    • Anna Renee 02/13/2011 at 2:11 pm #

      Hey Brother Ensayn! I watched all the videos and I would definitely need to watch more to get to the foundation of what Sister Harre-Bey and Sister Rev. Amen Ra are teaching.

      Is Sister Radine Amen Ra saying that black people existed as a race here in “America” before the “Native Americans”? That the people who we considered as “Native Americans” in this country don’t exist and are really misnamed black people?
      I read a book by Dr Van Sertima called “They came before Columbus” that could give credence to this “theory”. But the “they” were Africans according to Dr Van Sertima.

      Is Sister Harre-Bey teaching that there was no transatlantic slave trade

  5. Amenta 02/13/2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Rev. Radine Amen Ra is teaching that the Black people that were enslaved were here naturally, not Africans that came across the ocean as Dr. Van Sertima taught. Yes, we existed as a nation of people like the Yoruba of Nigeria or the Nuba of Sudan. We were and are a people just as similar to Africans but, also distinct from them.

    Queen Bey, is teaching that the possibility of the slave trade existing as taught by our leaders and school books is false, not possible to the extent that it has been taught. There were Africans that either came to the Americas of their own volition long before the advent of Columbus or Abu Bakari of Mali. And, some via an Atlantic slave trade.

    Check out the link below. You may notice the first picture is of an Indian Chief. Three things to note. Skin tone is more of a copper color. Dr. Yaffa Bey, teaches the word America means copper color people of the land. Second, the gender is ambigous. Most of our people here in the Americas were Matrifocal, Matrilineal, and Matriarchal. Europeans, had a difficult time accepting the leadership of women and ofter obscurred the gender in paintings to set at ease the folk they reported to in Europe. Third, note there are no feathers, and fully clothed. What we are often shown are Plains Indians and of course feathers were their ceremony. Lastly, take note of the Indian tribe names in the article. Guale, Yamassee, Mocamas or Timucua. Have you ever heard of these Indian tribes before? If not, note how Black people have been hidden throughout histroy. Lastly, Europeans shipped over ten thousand “Indians” per year into the Caribbean from the 1600′s until the late 1700′s from St. Augustine, FL and Charleston, SC.
    You must use your imagination when picturing the people being sent into the Caribbean as they look more like you then the dipiction of Pocahontas. This is just one link of many, that is hidden right in front of our eyes.

    http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-585

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